Police Car Collides with Pedestrian in Pompano Beach, Florida
POMPANO BEACH, FL- Usnews.com writes that a police vehicle struck a pedestrian who was trying to cross the roadway this week. The officer was in a marked vehicle and driving through an intersection on a green traffic light when he collided with a 30-year-old man. Responders transported the victim to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. So far, no charges have been filed against the officer.*
According to the Governor’s Highway Association (GHSA), 6,590 people died in pedestrian collisions in 2019, making last year the deadliest in the nation in over 30 years. The GHSA based its report on the first six months of 2019 and collected data from all 50 states and Washington D.C. to come up with its predicted total.
A spokesperson for the GHSA stated that the number of people who die in pedestrian collisions has risen by a shocking 50 percent over the last decade. Based on the numbers, the GHSA is recommending that a multifaceted approach be taken to combat the problem. Efforts to reduce the number of deaths must consider the places that are high risk for pedestrian incidents in order to spend resources where they will make the biggest improvements, and focus on enforcing traffic laws as many common driver violations are the main cause of the crashes.
While pedestrians are dying in higher numbers, overall traffic fatalities dropped by more than three percent. The gains are largely the result of improving technology in motor vehicles. Despite the overall trend, the report found many places in the nation where pedestrian deaths are dropping significantly in some locations. It will be important to learn about the successful steps taken by those places and to replicate them in some of the more dangerous states.
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Sources:https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2020-03-05/officer-in-patrol-car-fatally-strikes-pedestrian and https://www.ghsa.org/resources/news-releases/pedestrians20